WeatherWatcher: Snow event

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Feb 24 10 pm.
Skies are clearing now and temperatures are taking their nose dive into the teens. It is currently 26ºF as I am writing this with a temperature dropping rate of 2ºF per hour. We got about 2 inches of snow in this evening’s final and most impressive snowfall of the last two days. I think overall the past 2 days we received a total of 4 inches, however the first 2 inches worth was all done in several snow shower bursts with a trace to half an inch here and there, that quickly melted off on Wednesday and Thursday morning. 

Roads in the area are icing over quickly now as even the treated roads are getting too cold to stay in liquid form. Salting and de-icing chemicals typically are only effective above 25ºF. Be very careful driving for the next 2 days, give plenty of room to stop and to make turns.

Saturday afternoon/evening we might have another chance at another snow event, but this will probably be short lived as this storm is expected to be slightly warmer bringing eventual rain to the lowlands by Sunday. Freezing rain is possible during the transition not unlike the January 11th snow event. I’ll have more information on that as we get closer. It may just start as rain and not cause any major problems.


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